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M A R K S U R R I D G E T H R E E WAT E R S

M A R K S U R R I D G E T H R E E WAT E R S


Rainbow threads yellow river old moon in pond waterways one night of wind vernal wind blow my grief away sound river overflows her light river winds blending with skies deep reflection flows water blue silver river waterfall upended stream wreath of cloud filtered breeze blue stream goes showers and wind mist veiled river shore riverside trees still waters over flow her light rolling waves big wind rises mirror lake reaching midstream.


Three Waters Water, flow, the ever changing surfaces, fractured, calm and arresting - reflecting the intimate and the universal. These new paintings concentrate on the painterly sensations of light, movement and the void like expanse of liquid water. Carborundum, paint and pigment are energetically hurled and poured on to the wet painted surface of the canvas, creating gritty, simplified shapes and forms. The paintings are not trying to explain the intricacies of nature, but strive to suggest the human visceral sensations felt, when experiencing the elemental world outside. As a way of titling individual paintings in ‘Three Waters’ I came across the book ‘Songs of the Immortals’, an anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry translated by Xu Yuan Zhong. Inside I trawled the pages of poems, songs and odes, making notes of key words and passages. In the book I found simple, ancient and mysterious poetry that seemed to resonate with the landscape of my surrounding area and the inner landscape of my thinking. These edited scripts form the bases of most of the titles and themes in the catalogue. I have placed the borrowed words together to create a new poetic composition which I hope will illuminate the paintings. Ultimately I hope these words, shown on the previous page, will assist the viewer to openly engage with the finished paintings. Mark Surridge 2012


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One Blue Water oil and mixed media on canvas . 153 x 153 cm

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The Three Waters oil and mixed media on canvas . 152 x 183 cm

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Stream Wreath oil and mixed media on canvas . 66 x 183 cm

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Upended Stream I 10

oil and mixed media on paper . 38 x 38 cm


Upended Stream II oil and mixed media on paper . 38 x 56 cm

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Filtered Breeze 12

oil and mixed media on canvas . 75 x 75 cm


Cloud Filtered Breeze oil and mixed media on canvas . 75 x 75 cm

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Sun Red Reflection oil and mixed media on canvas . 120 x 150 cm

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Sun Red Reflection II oil and mixed media on canvas . 100 x 120 cm

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Clouds Afloat 18

oil and mixed media on canvas . 81 x 91 cm


Mirror Meadow oil and mixed media on canvas . 81 x 91 cm

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Red Waterways 20

oil and mixed media on canvas . 60 x 90 cm


Midstream Rainbow oil and mixed media on canvas . 60 x 90 cm

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Riverside Trees oil and mixed media on canvas . 60 x 90 cm

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Waterways One Night oil and mixed media on canvas . 60 x 90 cm

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Mist Veiled River Shore 26

oil and mixed media on canvas . 50 x 60 cm


Blow my Grief Away oil and mixed media on canvas . 60 x 60 cm

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Sound River oil and mixed media on canvas . 100 x 120 cm

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Skies Deep Reflection I oil and mixed media on canvas . 120 x 150 cm

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Skies Deep Reflection II oil and mixed media on canvas . 100 x 120 cm

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Pond Waterways oil and mixed media on canvas . 50 x 100 cm

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Moon in Pond oil and mixed media on canvas . 80 x 120 cm

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In 1997 Mark Surridge (born 1963) moved from London to set up home and studio in the depths of the Cornish countryside. He has, since then, established himself as key figure among an exciting generation of artists in the region. Landscape and the elemental forces of nature have been major inspirations in his work, resulting in ambitious large scale paintings and construction paintings, sculpture, installation and print making. Surridge’s distinctive and individual work has been in numerous solo and mixed exhibitions as well as art fairs and open art competitions. The painting ‘Storm Glow ’ was shown in the Tate St. Ives exhibition ‘Art Now Cornwall’ in 2007 confirmation of his growing reputation.

River Wind Blending oil and mixed media on canvas . 90 x 90 cm

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Published by Millennium to coincide with the exhibition ‘Three Waters’ by Mark Surridge All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publishers Publication produced by Impact Printing Services (www.impactprintingservices.co.uk) Photography by Graham Gaunt (www.grahamgaunt.com) Interview Film by Alban Roinard and Joseph Clarke

ISBN 978-1-905772-57-5 978-1-905772-?

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Mark Surridge 'Three Waters'  

Hard back booklet with slideshow and interview dvd to accompany the exhibition 'Three Waters' by Mark Surridge, held at Millennium, St. Ives...

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